3-year-old near-drowning victim home safe

LOXLEY, Ala. (WALA) – A three-year-old girl is home safe Tuesday night, June 10, after she nearly drowned Monday, June 9, in Gulf Shores.

Gulf Shores Fire Officials said 3-year-old Hadassah Bounds of Loxley was swimming Shelby Lake in Gulf State Park Monday afternoon with her parents when suddenly she slipped underwater.

Her grandfather, Ronnie Bounds, told FOX10 Hadassah’s parents found her floating unconscious, face down, in the lake.

Hadassah’s 10-year-old brother pulled her body out of the water and a good samaritan came to the rescue by performing CPR on the child.

“When they got to her, she had no pulse, was not breathing, they worked on her for a few minutes, got her back to breathing, got a pulse, before the paramedics got there,” said Bounds.

Gulf Shores Fire Officials told me that immediate CPR care, was the life-saving factor for Hadassah.

“Early CPR is the number one thing to making sure that somebody is going to survive an event like that. Whether it’s a cardiac event, or near drowning event,” explained Keith Martin with the Gulf Shores Fire Department.

Once paramedics arrived on-scene, Hadassah was conscious and breathing, but she was still taken by life-flight to Sacred heart Medical Center in Pensacola for precautionary measures.

She came home Tuesday, and her grandfather said he is so grateful for the good samaritan and paramedics who made that possible.

“To the people that helped us, and helped her, thank you,” said Bounds, “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Fire officials said this was an honest accident, and no charges will be filed.

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